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I did a search, but couldn't find this. I'm reluctant to post because I feel so bad about discussing some things about my LOs hygiene.....it seems like I'm betraying a confidence & maybe I am, but I'm trying to stay on top of things. Anyway, what can anyone suggest about nighttime incontinence? I'm doing lots of washing ( I know I'm in good company!) & that many of you go thru the same thing. But it's not so bad because for now it's just really bad soiling of linens & underwear which I can deal with. But he talked to me this morning about his "accidents" & remarked that he didn't know what I wanted him to do about it! I think he wants to help out in a way. He says he sometimes gets into a deep sleep & is unaware of "leaking." As an aside, I'm aware that anal leakage is sometimes a side effect of medication & of course of aging. For women wearing a sanitary pad usually solves the problem, but for a man??????? Should I suggest he wear a depends at night? I know, I know this doesn't sound like a big deal & I guess compared to what some of you are faced with it's minor. :oops: However in the early morning when we get up, he is most clear & I know the situation is bothering him. Funny since I can't get him into a shower as often as he should, but that's another issue. Thanks for your help Dee


Mon May 11, 2009 10:08 am
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Are we talking bladder incontinence or bowel incontinence? Much has been posted about bladder incontinence. I'm not sure the treatment for daytime incontinence is much different than the treatment for nighttime incontinence.

Nighttime bladder incontinence is sometimes called noctural polyuria. I'm sure there are posts about this. You might consider the medication desmopressin. (Search for that term as well.)

Bladder training is important. So shut off liquids at a certain time.

Wearing incontinence briefs at night may save some laundry. And get one of those quilted pads that go between the person and the fitted sheet.


Mon May 11, 2009 10:35 am
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We're talking bowel incontinence. Dee


Mon May 11, 2009 3:06 pm
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Dee,
I would suggest using the depends and also have you thought about his diet, is there something that he perhaps is eating that could be causing this, also might I suggest before bedtime a time set aside for him to spend time in the bathroom. Mostly the incontinece in LBD is for the bladder but looking at a situation with my Mom before her passing not from LBD she also had this same problem and I took her to a Gastro doctor and he said it was the muscle that was the problem, he did put her on medication but I honestly can't remember what it was but I know Fiber was added to her diet and in pill form to help regulate her, so I am thinking maybe a call into the doctor for advice might be a good idea and perhaps getting him into a specialist, Good luck I am sure this is frustrating for both of you but there has to also be concern for the skin breakdown too. If you look on the internet you can purchase the quilted bed pads they do have them in plastic but they are a pain but with the pads there is a better chance of contaning the mess and clean-up

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Mon May 11, 2009 4:27 pm
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Hi Again Dee,
I found a recipe for wipes that was on the caringspouses list years ago, many used it and they work better than the store bought ones, here it is :

You must saw in half a roll of Bounty (trademark) paper towels. Most paper
towels are not strong enough for this recipe. In a two cup measuring cup put
two Tablespoons of baby oil and one Tablespoon of babybath wash or baby
shampoo (I use the wash). Then fill to a little over the two cup mark with
boiling water. Stir. Pour evenly over the paper towels, turning them around.
I go once around the outside then set them in the container and go once
around the end. I pick them up from the center of the cardboard and turn
them over and then go around the other end. Then put that half roll into a
rubbermaid container (size 6 or 9 I can't tell which it is but it is the
perfect size for one half a roll of bounty towels). Put the lid on and let
set for a few minutes. Come back and the cardboard easily lifts out of the
center. Pull up the first center towel for easy reaching, close the lid
and set the container next to the potty. It is ready for use as soon as it
cools a mite.

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Mon May 11, 2009 5:57 pm
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Yes, he should wear incontinence briefs at night for either type of incontinence.

And, also try the bowel training approach. So, consider giving him Miralax, an OTC constipation medication, in the morning with breakfast, including a good volume of liquids, followed by walking to stimulate the bowels. If this doesn't generate a BM, try the liquids and the walking after lunch. With dinner, start cutting back on the liquids, but still try the walking. If still no BM, put him on the toilet before he gets into bed. As with bladder training, this takes a concerted effort.

And, suggest he can "help out" by showering if he's had a BM at night. It's important to keep the skin clean from fecal matter or urine.


Mon May 11, 2009 7:21 pm
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Thanks everyone for your helpful suggestions. Grateful to you all. Dee


Tue May 12, 2009 8:20 am
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My sister started out with MAJOR diareah (sp) along with the hallucinations which is what ended her up in the Emergency pshyc ward at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD.(BIG MISTAKE) This was last Aug and we were kicked out. Anyway, depends have been a lifsavor, she wears them no problem even though she seems ok for now. We told her that she HAD to bath in a tub and soak everyday if she wanted to see any of her many concerned freinds that wanted to visit. She was ok with this. It also helped with her brushing her teeth. No hygene- no visits from freinds.No hygene no going to Bible study. She seems to understand this much thus far.....it works. Seems harsh but what works for one may work for another???? God bless
Tricia


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